What writers on the chat loved most about WordPress was the umpteen plug ins that are available to make it even better.
Because they asked, I’ve compiled a quick list of the best WordPress plug ins for writers mentioned during the chat. Disclaimer: some of these I use, some I’ve heard of but haven’t tried and some I’d never heard of before Wednesday. I’ll let you know what I think about the ones I’ve used. As for the others, you’re on your own.
If you’re hot for some WordPress plug ins that aren’t on this list, please feel free to leave a comment with the details. With more than 10,200 WordPress plug ins out there, many of which could be adapted by writers and freelancers of other kinds, this is by no means a comprehensive list.
And if you missed the chat, or showed up and had a blast, mark your calendar for the next one: Wednesday, July 28, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time. My guest will be CarriBugbee, award-winning tweeter, social media marketing strategist, speaker and PR/advertising pro. Carri will take questions about using Twitter in your freelance writing business. Follow along at #wclw.
Here’s that WordPress plug in list, in alpha order:
AP Style Dates and Times – Adds classic Associated Press style to WordPress’ normal dates and times. Designed by a newsperson for newspeople.
Akismet – Spam catcher, from WordPress’ parent company, which goes by the same name. If you’re running a WordPress.com blog it’s automatically installed. Don’t leave home without it.
Broken Link Checker – Monitors blog posts and pages and notifies you if links are broken and images are missing. I use this.
BuddyPress – The new WordPress plug in that makes your blog into a social networking site like Facebook, is also red hot right now, says Ron Doyle, a Denver writer, blog designer and the co-host of the WordPress chat.
Copyright Proof – According to the official description: “automatically Digiproves the content of every published blog post (new or edited). This gives you indisputable proof of the content, and the date and time of publication.”
EditFlow – Scheduling software for WordPress-based content management systems. Although it’s set up to schedule blog posts from multiple authors – like in a newsroom – it could work for a single blogger.
LinkWithin – “A very snazzy” related posts plug in, according to Doyle.
Published Articles Since Last Visit – Displays top articles to visitors based on their last visit.
Query Posts – According to developer Justin Tadlock, Query Posts has “everything you’ll ever need to show posts on your site without touching code.” Doyle adds: “Heck, I think Query Posts could make a cup of coffee if you had the time to work with it.”
RB Internal Links – An easy way to link to posts and pages in your blog.
Scribe – Content SEO plugin by Copyblogger. The Scribe description in the WordPress Plug In Directory: “Think of it as a content optimization assistant that analyzes web pages, blog posts, and online press releases at the click of a button.”
WassUp – Tracks visitors in real time.
What Would Seth Godin Do – Displays different, custom messages to new and returning visitors.